Gerald Dailey, 81, brother of Spring Valley resident

Gerald Dailey

Gerald A. Dailey, 81, of St. Charles, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at Whitewater Health Services in St. Charles.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1937, in Stewartville, to Sidney and Minnie (Nuehring) Dailey.

His family moved to Hinckley for a short time before settling at a farm in the Pilot Mound area when he was young.

He was baptized and confirmed at Pilot Mound Lutheran Church and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1957.

He married Janet Stevens on June 15, 1963.

They made their home in St. Charles, where he worked for Carl Fischer and Patterson Quarries. He then went to work for Whitewater Healthcare Center for 37 years in maintenance and housekeeping.

He enjoyed music, playing by ear, never reading a note. He played bass and rhythm guitar for The Melody Rangers and Whitewater Melody Men from 1966 to 1980, playing at Red’s Dogpatch in Troy, the golf course in Plainview, Katie’s Red Barn, Cly-Mar in Lewiston and Parkway in St. Charles. He kept a beautiful garden, with a passion for keeping it weed free. He frequently enjoyed sitting in his yard, watching the sunset over his well-kept garden. He was a member Faith Lutheran Church and of a St. Charles moped gang, enjoying evening rides around town. He was the oldest in a family of 15, who prided themselves in pranking each other.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Barb (Peter) Snyder of St. Charles, Tom Dailey of Rochester and Jim (Nikki) Dailey of St. Charles; six grandchildren, Kelsie, Trent, Madison, Hunter, Bryan and Ariana; a great-grandchild, Zach and 11 siblings, Anna Wood of Nelson, Wis., Shirley (Lyle) Bartsh of Plainview, Carl (Sandy) Dailey of Winona, Richard (Connie) Dailey of Millville, Brenda Dailey of Winona, Bonnie Blaser of Spring Valley, Raymond (Patty) Dailey of Lewiston, Gary Dailey (Jo) of Rollingstone, Wally (Susan) Dailey of Lake City, Mike (Kay) Dailey of Dakota and Deb (Harlan) Brandhorst of Hudson, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Brand and two brothers, Floyd and David.

Funeral services for him were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles with the Rev. Waldemar Gies officiating. Burial followed in Saratoga Cemetery.

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